CANADA: Invitation numbers remain high in latest Express Entry draw

Canada is continuing an overall trend of issuing a high number of invitations for permanent residency per draw.

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IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Canada conducted its 20th Express Entry draw of the year Wednesday, issuing 3,035 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying score was 434.

What does the change mean? The number of invitations remains high and the minimum qualifying score remains in the lower range compared with other draws this year.

Background: There have been 20 draws so far in 2017:

DateInvitationsScore
Jan. 32,902468
Jan. 113,334459
Jan. 253,508453
Feb. 83,664447
Feb. 223,611441
March 13,884434
March 243,749441
April 53,753431
April 123,923423
April 193,665415
May 43,796423
May 173,687415
May 25*143775
May 25**400199
May 313,877413
June 283,409449
July 123,202440
Aug. 23,264441 
Aug. 92,991433
Aug. 233,035434

*PNP nominees only

**Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants only.

BAL Analysis: Canada is continuing an overall trend of issuing a high number of invitations for permanent residency per draw. So far this year, the government has issued nearly 64,000 invitations, approximating the number of invitations issued in 2016 and 2015 combined.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Canada. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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